SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

May 5, 2005                                                                                                            Hearing Room B

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 63 - 64

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Kate Brown, Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Frank Shields

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Tiffany Harris, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:          

SB 1052 – Public Hearing

HJR 32 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SM 1 – Public Hearing and Work Session

HB 2005 – Work Session

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 63, A

005

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 3:07 p.m. Announces that the committee is meeting as a subcommittee. Opens a public hearing on SB 1052.

SB 1052 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator. Introduces SB 1052.

015

Rep. Jeff Barker

House District 28. Testifies in support of SB 1052. Presents an overview of SB 1052. Discusses the need for specialized officers for humane animal treatment.

030

Craig Campbell

Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor. Testifies in support of SB 1052.

040

Lt. Randall Covey

Law Enforcement Division, Oregon Humane Society. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SB 1052 (EXHIBIT A).

048

Chair Brown

Acknowledges the arrival of Sen. Atkinson and Sen. Ringo and that the committee is now meeting as a full committee at 3:10 p.m.

050

Sharon Harmon

Executive Director, Oregon Humane Society. Testifies in support of SB 1052.

065

Chair Brown

Notes the conceptual amendments (EXHIBIT B) submitted by Ms. Harmon and states that they will be drafted by Legislative Counsel.

075

Marilyn Lorance

Supervisor, Certification and Records Function, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Testifies in support of SB 1052 and the conceptual amendments. States that the department would be able to implement the changes set forth in the bill at its current staffing level.

090

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing on SB 1052. Opens a public hearing on    HJR 32.

HJR 32 – PUBLIC HEARING

095

Tiffany Harris

Committee Administrator. Introduces HJR 32.

100

Rep. Brad Avakian

House District 34. Testifies in support of HJR 32. Notes that the bill has no fiscal impact and no revenue impact. Discusses the need for space for visitors to see displays of historical documents and artifacts, and learn about the state’s history. Describes Oregon’s historical documents now stored in the State Archives.

140

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on HJR 32.

HJR 32 – WORK SESSION

145

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves HJR 32 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

150

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on HJR 32. Opens a public hearing on SM 1.

SM 1 – PUBLIC HEARING

165

Willie Smith

Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Testifies in support of SM 1.  Cites the written testimony of Congressman Blumenauer (EXHIBIT C).

190

Travis Brouwer

District Co-Director, Office of Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. Testifies in support of SM 1. Cites the written testimony of Congresswoman Hooley (EXHIBIT D).

220

Rick Bennett

AARP Oregon. Testifies and submits prepared information (EXHIBIT E) in support of SM 1.

250

Verna Porter

Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans. Testifies in support of SM 1. Points out that Social Security is an insurance policy, not just a retirement program.

290

Tim Nesbitt

President, Oregon AFL-CIO. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SM 1 (EXHIBIT F).

340

Sen. Shields

Asks if AARP is non-partisan.

343

Bennett

Answers yes.

345

Sen. Shields

Asks if the Social Security issue is non-partisan.

350

Bennett

Answers that AARP addresses issues in a non-partisan manner. Estimates that the AARP membership is roughly half Democrat and half Republican.

370

Sen. Shields

Points out that there is bipartisan objection in Congress to President Bush’s Social Security plan.

375

Bennett

Answers that AARP has discussed the issue with Congress and the President and is against diverting funds from Social Security. Argues that there are other options available to protect Social Security.

390

Sen. Shields

Refers to articles questioning AARP’s integrity. Asks why AARP has been attacked on the Social Security issue.

410

Bennett

Responds that the position of AARP has been misrepresented and they make as much information as possible available to the public. Adds that AARP urges additional savings to support retirements. States support for other retirement options, but not privatizing Social Security.

TAPE 64, A

005

Jim Greer

Industrial Financier. Testifies in support of SM 1. Describes President Bush’s plan to reduce Social Security benefits to middle class retirees.

035

Ed Yoon

Director, Oregonians United to Protect Social Security. Testifies in support of SM 1. Describes threats to pension income under the Bush plan.

050

Ken Jackson

Retired Navy officer. Testifies in support of SM 1. Describes examples of reductions in Social Security benefits under the Bush plan.

078

Jim Davis

Oregon Association for Retired Citizens, United Seniors of Oregon. Submits and summarizes prepared testimony in support of SM 1 (EXHIBIT G).

130

Ruth Currie

Portland Chapter, Older Women’s League. Testifies in support of     SM 1.

155

Ruth Shepherd

Testifies in support of SM 1. Urges a national dialog on the Social Security issue and suggests that SM 1 may be a way to open such a dialog. Refers to her own upbringing in a four-generation family household and how Social Security gave older Americans dignity and resources to live in their own homes.

225

Kim Braush

Testifies in support of SM 1. Notes that President Bush’s Social Security plan would result in money being paid to investment companies instead of keeping the fees within the Social Security system.

245

Chair Brown

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SM 1.

SM 1 – WORK SESSION

247

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves SM 1 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  1 – Ferrioli, Atkinson

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

252

Chair Brown

Closes the work session on SM 1. Opens a work session on HB 2005.

HB 2005 – WORK SESSION

255

 Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves HB 2005 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Ferrioli, Atkinson

 

Chair Brown

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

CHAIR BROWN will lead discussion on the floor.

260

Chair Brown

Closes the work session.  Adjourns the meeting at 3:50 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 1052, prepared testimony, Randall Covey, 2 pp

B.     SB 1052, conceptual amendments, Sharon Harmon, 2 pp

C.     SM 1, prepared testimony of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Willie Smith, 1 p

D.    SM 1, prepared testimony of Congresswoman Darlene Hooley, Travis Brouwer, 2 pp

E.     SM 1, prepared information, Rick Bennett, 43 pp

F.      SM 1, prepared testimony and information, Tim Nesbitt, 6 pp

G.    SM 1, prepared testimony, Jim Davis, 2 pp